It will always be somewhat a mystery why some people are healed and others are not. The Gospels do not give us an answer to this problem. All we can do is present ourselves to Jesus with our requests and hope and pray that He will answer them in the way that we desire. If He does not, then we need to trust that He knows what is best for us and accept His will humbly.
The two healings in the today’s Gospel focus upon one of the essential aspects of the healing power of God. The woman who has he bleeding stopped by touching the cloak of Jesus is utterly desperate. She has tried everything else but to no avail. Now she comes to Jesus believing that all she has to do is touch His cloak and that will be enough to heal her. The desperate and believing nature of her faith is a challenge to our half-heartedness when we ask for healing.
Faith is also the key to the healing of the official’s daughter. Note that Jesus says to the official, “Do not be afraid; only have faith.” when people arrive to tell him that his daughter is dead. Jesus challenges him to continue to believe that He can still save his daughter even though matters seem to have gone from bad to worse! The text does not tell us of the official’s response to this so we must assume that he continues to trust in Jesus.
It is hard to believe that the people mistook the girl’s sleeping for death and thus it seems that Jesus really raises her to life when He speaks to her. Perhaps Mark is trying to emphasize to us that faith in Jesus not only can bring about remarkable healings, it can also be the means of being brought back to life! We can understand this in two ways: being brought back from physical death to life as in the resurrection and also being spiritually brought back to life through the forgiveness of our sins. This second option is one that will become more prominent as the ministry of Jesus nears His passion, death and resurrection. The healings are not just cures of illnesses, they are demonstrations of the power of Jesus to bring life and hope to situations where death and despair seem to be in control.
Does my faith allow me to live constantly in the victory of Jesus over sin and death? Do I live in the light of the resurrection or have I given ground to the powers of darkness and sin in my life?
Father God, your Son Jesus is the only way to the your Kingdom. Help me to believe in him. Help me to trust in Him. Help me to follow Him all the days of my life.